Understanding how people think and behave is one of the greatest challenges facing science. Considering brain processes and the biological constraints on behaviour is vital in discerning human behaviour and subsequent behavioural pathology. There are three lecture streams in PSYC1003: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Research Design & Statistics.
Some of the questions that we would cover would be: The ethics of human and animal research - do scientific gains justify human and non-human research? Scientific theory and objectivity - can you become a more clever consumer? Heredity and behaviour - is behaviour hardwired, are people born bad? Phineas Gage lost the entire front of his brain: he survived but it changed his behaviour - what does brain damage tell us about brain function and human behaviour? In two minds - what happens to behaviour when the pathway between the two brain hemispheres is cut? Smoking, spiders, rats and sex - how do positive and negative consequences shape behaviour? Memory and memory processes - why do we remember, how do we forget, and what is the best way to study for an exam? Language and communication - does language shape thought? We know about 60000 words; how do we recognise, read and manipulate these words, how does the brain deal with it? Chomsky vs. Skinner - is language innate? 10% of the population has dyslexia - what is dyslexia and what do we know about it? And is our early childhood experience really so crucial to how we organize our behaviour in adulthood?
Can you study the mind scientifically? In compulsory laboratory classes you will develop skills in the planning, implementation, analysis and presentation of psychological research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Report, analzye and integrate information on developmental psychology, cognitive process, and research methods and statistics in psychology.
- Express a knowledge of the foundations of research and methods in cognitive and developmental psychology.
- Review and integrate the relevant material in cognitive psychology or developmental psychology; construct an argument; develop hypotheses. Report properly an experiment in cognitive psychology or developmental psychology.
- Discuss research findings in cognitive and developmental psychology.
- Use statistical and research methods.
- Understand and report on the nature and practice of psychological research in an ethical environment.
The laboratory program consists of a variety of experimental exercises and laboratory classes designed to:
- Illustrate and develop competence in a range of psychological techniques and skills.
- Emphasise the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to psychology.
- Develop an awareness of the scope and limitations of experimental observation and accuracy.
- Develop skills in discussion and debate around core theoretical principals in psychology.
Other InformationCourse Contact: Dr Rebecca Cross
T: 02 61250982
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Laboratory quizzes (30%) (LO2,5,6)
- Research report (25%) (LO1-6)
- Research participation (5%) (LO6)
- Final exam (40%) (LO1,2,5)
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Workload160 hours of total student learning time made up from:
- 75 hours of lectures and laboratory/tutorial-based activities.
- 85 hours of supported and independent student work.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsBurton, L., Westen, D., & Kowalsi, R. Psychology: latest Australian and New Zealand Edition. John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Haslam, A., & McGarty, C. Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology: latest Edition. SAGE Publications Ltd, London
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4001||25 Feb 2019||04 Mar 2019||31 Mar 2019||14 Jun 2019||In Person||N/A|